Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Much In Little

By this time those of you who are interested in the last contemplation have considered what you like to practice and why. Now, to complete this contemplation, ask yourself this;

What do you avoid practicing?

This usually becomes apparent pretty quickly in most cases. Let's face it, it can be more fun and immediately more satisfying to practice things we are good at. But, is it serving to improve our ability on the instrument and musical expression? Is it helping us to develop discipline?

We are all prone to doing certain things better than other things. But depending on our goals and aspirations, avoiding aspects that need work will limit us as players, musicians and people too. It is not always easy to confront the difficulties but the rewards on many levels can be huge. It certainly will make us better teachers as well having gone through processes that are not naturally easy for us. Because we will have had to find our way through trial and error to make it happen. This brings appreciation and understanding about the nature of hard work and development.

Even if we never develop our difficult areas as fully as other aspects of our playing, working on them broadens our awareness of the craft and strengthens other areas that are related or that seem to not be related to what we are working on. It has been my experience that working on one area has a multi- level result throughout our systems.

We can't have growth and progress without hard work and the love and desire to keep at it.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Much In Little


What are your favorite things to practice? Why?

This is a very telling question to ask yourself. In this seemingly small question, much can be discovered about why you do what you do. Spend some time with it. Ask it to yourself nonstop for at least a week or two. See what answers you get.